2014 Lansing Graduation Rate Meets 90% Goal

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2014 Lansing Graduation Rate Meets 90% Goal

 

school high120Lansing School Superintendent Chris Pettograsso said last week that the district's High School graduation rate has met the district's goal of 90% as of August's graduating ceremony.  As of the commencement ceremony in June 86% of seniors in their four year cohort graduated, with 40% achieving 'Regents With Advanced Designation'.  Three students graduated at the end of August, which brought the rate up to 90%.

"Our goal was to have a 5 year graduation rate of 90%," Pettograsso said.  "We're hoping to increase that, but that was our goal and we did meet it with a four-year outcome as of August."

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Eighth Grader Scores Perfect WordMasters Score

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Eighth Grader Scores Perfect WordMasters Score

 

BRobsonAOverstromBella Robson, Abby Overstrom (right)A Lansing Middle School student recently received a perfect score in the first of three meets for this year's WordMasters Challenge™—a national vocabulary competition involving nearly 150,000 students annually.

Competing in the difficult Blue Division of the WordMasters Challenge™, eighth grader Abby Overstrom earned a perfect score of 20 in the recent meet.  Nationally, only 19 eighth graders achieved a perfect score.  Other students at Lansing Middle School who achieved outstanding results in the first meet include Iris Boerman, Jack Collins and Bella Robson, each scoring 19.  The students were coached in preparation for the WordMasters Challenge™ by Cathy Moseley.

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548 Tompkins Households Receive Warm Winter Clothing

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548 Tompkins Households Receive Warm Winter Clothing

 

clothes120The Ithaca Rotary Club wrapped up its 22nd annual Share the Warmth campaign in mid-December. Donations of new or gently used winter clothing were gratefully collected, sorted, and distributed across the area by volunteers from a number of sponsoring partner organizations: Ithaca Rotary Club, Trumansburg Rotary Club, Cornell University, Ithaca College, Tompkins Cortland Community College, Finger Lakes Re-Use, and the Samaritan Center of Catholic Charities.
 
Ithaca Rotary announced Wednesday that 548 Tompkins County households – 841 adults and 557 children – were received donations made to Share the Warmth. More than 4,000 items were picked up, collected, and sorted by volunteers for distribution through the Samaritan Center of Catholic Charities. The donated clothing was then distributed by Catholic Charities of Tompkins/Tioga free of charge to individuals who needed such items for the winter months.

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Cornell Cares Day Reaches Record Numbers

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Cornell Cares Day Reaches Record Numbers

 

cornellcare120Hundreds of Cornell alumni and students participated this January, at 37 sites across the world to connect and make a difference as part of the Public Service Center's Cornell Cares Day.
 
Each year early in January students and alumni work together on service projects in their hometown while Cornell is on break. The Cornell Public Service Center (PSC) works with Cornell regional alumni clubs to implement the program.
 
This year The Cornell Club of Ithaca, held its event at Foodnet Meals on Wheels. They packed 29 Breakfast bags of good, nutritional food items for distribution. Nine Cornellians, mostly grad students and two alums, including event organizer C.J. DelVecchio and Cornell Club of Ithaca Board member Aaron Godert helped out.

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Hale and Hearty

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Hale and Hearty

 

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A few years ago, my heart stopped functioning properly. A cardiac artery was blocked, and I felt some strange and scary symptoms. The blockage was relieved with a stent, and the hospital that installed it included a detailed lecture to all such patients. They don't want to see us again. Heeding that information has kept me healthy, and I want to share what I've learned.
I used to sell eggs at Ithaca Farmers' Market. Every market day, I had to give some ignorant but well meaning person the Egg Talk. These earnest folks had been misinformed by misinformed doctors and other health professionals and writers. As in politics, if you repeat an untruth long enough, such as the voter fraud “problem,” it becomes popular truth. In the Egg Talk, I tried to counter the 'truth' that you shouldn't eat eggs because they're loaded with cholesterol. It was an uphill battle, but years later, it looks as if the facts are making headway.

Saying don't eat eggs because they contain cholesterol is like saying don't eat whole grains because they contain fattening carbs. Just as the fiber content in whole grains vastly reduces the effect of the carbs,  the lecithin in eggs yolks almost cancels out the effect of the cholesterol by preventing its absorption.

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Natural Lifestyle -- Chicken Soup Really Does Heal

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Natural Lifestyle -- Chicken Soup Really Does Heal

 

suzana naturallifestyle 120A few weeks ago an article about bone broth benefits was published in the New York Times. Shots of fresh prepared, slow cooked bone stock have been served at several trendy places as an 'on the go meal' in the City. Grandmother's spirits from various cultures all over the world couldn't be more pleased with the fact that centuries old preindustrial food is gaining popularity outside of chef's kitchens and lifestyle's of whole food enthusiasts.

What is so magical and special in that simple traditional meal that challenges habits of consuming industrial and processed foods so dominant in an average American diet? Are you ready to face the facts and mineralize and enrich your meals with this simple and affordable potion?

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Today's Green Minute

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Today's Green Minute

 

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Jim Parks is most widely known as the veteran host of HGTV's remodeling show, "New Spaces," which has been enjoyed by television audiences for over nine years.  Today's Green Minute was born as Jim was doing research for a magazine series. He discovered the wealth of innovation being generated in the green world and set out to write a weekly newspaper column. An audio podcast version soon followed, and now video.  One of the things The Lansing Star is proud of is that we are a green, electronic newspaper.  You don't even have to recycle the Star.  This feature offers more on how to make your world greener.  Every few weeks a new episode will be added so check back often.

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Pet of the Week

by Ashley Fleming

NoelSmall, sweet, and gentle Noel was brought by a Good Samaritan to the Cornell Animal Hospital after being hit by a car. Thankfully she was not injured badly, and was transferred to us the next day. We had her spayed, micro-chipped, and vaccinated up-to-date. She is described as an attention seeking chatter box who would be best suited in a home with children over the age of 12 and no other feline brothers or sisters. You can visit her and all her other friends at the main shelter today!

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